Cazadero Performing Arts Camp

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Cazadero Performing Arts Camp
Cazadero Camp logo.JPG
Motto Caz Matters
Formation 1957
Type Summer camp
Coordinates Coordinates: 38°31′30.1″N 123°5′20.75″W / 38.525028°N 123.0890972°W / 38.525028; -123.0890972 (Cazadero Performing Arts Camp)
Affiliations San Francisco Symphony

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp (also known as Cazadero Music Camp, or Cazadero) is a performing arts camp located in the Sonoma redwoods in Northern California, United States.[1] Established in 1957 by then Berkeley High School band director Bob Lutt (who eventually was made executive director of the Berkeley Symphony), the first campers were a mixture of Berkeley High teens and members of the San Francisco Symphony.[1]

Since 1957, the camp has become a significant influence in every facet of San Francisco Bay Area music, including the San Francisco Symphony, the orchestras for the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet, and Tower of Power, an Oakland, California 10-member horn-based soul band formed in 1968.[1] Caz faculty were the first to conceive of a professional baroque chamber orchestra composed entirely of period instruments, resulting in the 1981 creation of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra by harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg.[1] The camp, which sits atop the late 19th century location of the then-infamous Bohemian Grove, maintains a signature suspension bridge over which more than 100,000 young musicians have crossed.[2]

Campers also enjoy 'downtime activities' like swimming, ping pong, basketball, guided hikes and more.


  1. ^ a b c d Burrell, Jackie. (July 15, 2007) Contra Costa Times Harmony among the redwoods; 50 years later, Cazadero camp is still serving up summer musical magic. Section: Time Out; Page C3.
  2. ^ Burrell, Jackie. (July 15, 2007) The Oakland Tribune Summer music camp thrives in the key of Caz. Section: Bay Area Living.